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Evenings of Virtual Play Readings with the Authors

The Theatre Company of Saugus presents virtual sessions in which we read aloud new plays. All the plays have been submitted by TCS members and friends, and the authors will be listening in to hear how their work sounds.

You can participate as an actor by reading one of the roles in the plays. Or you can just listen and enjoy hearing these works for the first time. Participation is free!

See the links below for signing up to read a role, and to get into the Zoom sessions.

There will be three evening sessions in April and May 2021.

#1 Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM – Five Short Plays

  • All’s Fair by Jackie Freyman – Travelers in Greece meet Aphrodite and Ares
  • Anonymous by Jackie Freyman & Mike Sprague – A session of the Heroes Anonymous Support Group
  • The Drama Behind the Drama by Ralph Tufo – Backstage at a community theater opening night
  • This Getting Old is Getting Old by Ralph Tufo – An older married couple at home in Revere
  • Of Muppets and Vampires by Billy Jenkins – A nerd and a former popular girl at a bus stop

#2 Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Comedy and a Monologue

  • It’s All About John and Marion (a comedy) by Tasmin Jahan – An older couple deal with each other and with their neighbors and relatives
  • A monologue from Roses Have Thorns by Sr. Bridget Edman, performed by Ann Marie King

#3 Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Full Length Play

  • The Men Who Would Be Mice by Matthew Garlin – The people running the Disney company

To see the roles in each play, and to sign up to read a role, visit our google doc. You can sign up for one role on each evening. Anyone of any gender or ethnicity can read any role.

Click on one of these links to join the Zoom sessions:

  1. Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM
  2. Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM
  3. Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM

Suggestions for a Halloween Season Play

We are now planning productions for our next season in 2021-2022. Our first show, in October 2021, will be Halloween themed, as we have been doing for the past several years. This year, however, we want to do a play rather than a musical. (Because singing in front of an audience might still be restricted.)  

So we are now open to your suggestions of plays appropriate for the Halloween season. Either comedy or drama, as long as it has elements that are spooky, macabre, or mysterious!  

Please send your suggestions to our season production committee at: TCSaugus@gmail.com

Donating to Support TCS

The company has not been able to do its usual season of shows over the past year, so we have had very little income.  But we do have ongoing fixed expenses, and thus financial losses.  So please donate as much as you can.  With your support we can maintain ourselves, until we can resume entertaining you in person.

Your donations are deductible on your federal income tax, as we are a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Thank you for your support!

There are three easy ways to send us monetary donations. Via PayPal, Venmo, or by Check.

With either PayPal or Venmo you can enter a Note with the payment. The note should include this information:

Your Name / Your Email Address / Reason and Amount.  For example:
Jane Doe  /  JDoe3@abc.com  /  Donation $30

To make a donation via PayPal: Login to your PayPal account. Select the option to Send money. Enter the TCS email address as the recipient: TCSaugus@gmail.com. Add the Note.

To make a donation via Venmo: Login to your Venmo account. Send money and search under People for: @theatrecompanyof-saugus. Add the Note.

To make a donation by Check: Make your personal check payable to: Theatre Company of Saugus. Include the memo: Donation TCS 2021. Mail the check to: Theatre Company of Saugus / PO Box 1058 / Saugus, MA 01906

Submit Your Play Reading Ideas

Greetings fellow playwrights and play readers! 

The play-reading committee of the Theater Company of Saugus would like to wish you well during these trying times and offer you a bit of escape. We had such an excellent time working on our recent virtual production of A Christmas Carol. Given the success of that project, we are currently beginning to search for plays for virtual reading sessions, or possibly a virtual springtime production. So, we need your help!

We are looking to you for new and interesting play submissions. Perhaps you are a playwright and would like to have your work read aloud by local artists. Or maybe you just love a particular play and would like the opportunity to take part in a reading or production of the piece. All people reading this are encouraged to submit plays! Whether you’re a longtime TCS member or just someone who happened to stumble upon this post. Either way, we anticipate your responses and look forward to looking through your submissions and working with each of you. 

Simply send us an email with your suggestions, questions, or comments. Use the subject line: Play Reading. Send to TCSaugus@gmail.com.

Thank you, and continue to stay healthy and safe, 

From: Matthew Garlin and Sean Perry, Co – Chair of TCS Play-Reading Committee 

A Virtual Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol is cast and in rehearsals!

Our Virtual Christmas Carol is in online rehearsals in a VERY QUICK casting/rehearsal process. TCS wanted to bring our supporters a holiday classic in this year of uncertainty. Based on the Dickens classic, it has been adapted by Matthew Garlin to work a little bit better with the Zoom world we all now live in.

We had so many interested actors that we have enough for TWO CASTS!

Take a look at our Christmas Carol Page, check out our cast, and performance dates.
The details about Donations for Tickets will be up on our Ticket Page by Monday night.
Please forgive us the delay as we acclimate to all the new ways of making theater happen in 2020.

We hope you enjoy this staged reading and the hard work our casts have put into these events in such a quick turn-around. We are excited about their enthusiasm as well as being able to bring you some comfort and joy during this holiday season.

Santa Photo Sessions hosted by TCS! December 6 and 14

You are invited to sign-up for our
TCS Pictures with Santa Sessions!

COVID-19 Protocols in place.
Fun, socially-distant photo opportunities.
10-minute appointments will be booked every 15 minutes
to allow for check-in and sanitizing between sessions.

Please schedule your appointment ASAP through the link below.
There are a limited number of sessions.

SUN | Dec 6th | 10AM-2PM
MON | Dec 14th | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

AMERICAN LEGION POST 210
44 TAYLOR STREET
SAUGUS, MA

CLICK to schedule your appointment through Sign-Up Genius.
By appointment only.
$25 for one 10-minute session.
Take as many photos as you would like for your personal use.

Payments – Cash at Event or Venmo to @Nick-Raponi
If using Venmo, preference is to pay 24-48 hrs in advance.
Please title payment w/ TCS and selected time slot,
for example, TCS 10:15.

Share Your Talent(s) with TCS!

Our Youth Theatre Workshop this summer was based on our participants sharing their talents at the end of the week. They were recorded and we will be making a ticketed event available to help support our summer youth program.

We would like to include more of our TCS community in this endeavor to help round-out – Look What I Can Do! From Waaaay Over Here
(Quarantine Edition)
.

There are multiple ways you can participate.
1. Share your talent with us! Follow the directions below for recording and submitting your talent. This can be a song, dance, recitation, playing an instrument, performing magic, doing stand-up comedy, etc.
2. We have a group song to be recorded. Let us know you are interested in participating in singing “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.
3. Purchase a ticket to support TCS and Youth Theatre Workshop and see local actors who you may have missed in the past pandemic months.

Keep in mind we are almost at Halloween. Feel free to submit something in the Halloween spirit – a fun or creepy song, an interpretive reading, a spooky story.

ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE BY END OF DAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020.
(Our youth actors put their pieces together and recorded in five days – we challenge you to do it in the same amount of time!)

Video Recording Directions – CLICK HERE

Submission Form – CLICK HERE

Request Music for Dear Evan Hansen song – Email TCSaugus@gmail.com and we will send you all the details.

Please keep in mind that as these will need to be edited together, the final project may not be available to view until after Halloween – but we’d still love to include any spooky submissions!

Board Nominations and Election 2020

The election is coming up for the Board of Directors of the Theatre Company of Saugus. The election will be at our held at our Annual General Membership Meeting on Wednesday 2 December, starting at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom. All current company members should attend.

The board has nine members, with staggered terms lasting three years. Three members are elected near the end of each calendar year. Officers are chosen by the new and old board members in December.

This year, we need to nominate at least two new people. These terms of these board members are expiring:

  • Amanda Allen, our current president, is term-limited, so we need to replace her with a new person.
  • Deirdre Shaw, our current corresponding secretary, is eligible for a second term, and is willing to continue.
  • Mike Giusti has chosen not to continue, and needs to be replaced.

The other continuing members of the board include: Jeff Bliss, Matthew Garlin, Alicia Murphy, Allison Perry, Sean Perry, and Larry Segel.

The Nominating Committee has selected the following slate for election to new three-year terms starting in January 2021:

  • Victoria Isotti
  • Deirdre Shaw
  • Jill Sliby

The following people have also been nominated as Alternate Board Members. Alternate members also participate in board meetings, but are only called on to vote when we do not have a quorum of regular members.

  • Rosemary DeGregorio
  • Ben Tan

What is required of board members? There is a board meeting every month. During the pandemic, we have met remotely via Zoom. The remote meetings will continue even after the pandemic is over, so commuting to meetings will not be required. Board members also serve on committees, and take an active role in productions and on other company projects.

Many thanks to Amanda and Mike for your years of service!